Emergency management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. This is coordinated effort, involving not only local, state, and federal governmental agencies, but also volunteer organizations and private sector businesses. Within an integrated framework, all of these groups work together to assist citizens and their communities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and eliminate or reduce the effects of natural, man-made, civil, and technological emergencies and disasters.
From natural disasters to acts of terror, we are aware of the all too frequent events that impact our lives, our communities, and even countries halfway around the world. No single agency has the capacity, skills and resources, with which to address these disasters successfully. Disasters demand a combined and coordinated approach, linking the expertise and resources of the emergency management community and local authorities with a variety of other organizations. You can help by being prepared.
To many, responding to disasters and emergencies does not come naturally. Cedar County response efforts have been developed through the use of thorough and informed planning, training, exercises, and unfortunately, experience of responding to past disasters. Emergency management is more than just responding to an event; it is a continuous circle of planning, testing, evaluating and mitigating. Learn more about the Emergency Management Planning Cycle and the events that have occurred in Cedar County.